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The LASER sighting manufacturer, and how it became the leader in the industry.
Better have the defibrillator handy because you’ll need to be shocked, shocked I tell you, when you learn that — aside from a couple of negative quotes by Josh Sugarman — this is a very good article about kids and guns:
Throughout the region, junior shooting programs with names such as â€śThe Projectilesâ€ť and â€śThe Hot Shotsâ€ť are generally open to children age 10 and up. The ranges are packed with boys and, increasingly, girls.
Shooting appeals to young people for unexpected reasons; the sport is unlike the standard competitive fare offered at most of their schools, they say, and measures their individual skill in ways that team play does not.
Many parents of young shooters like it, too. Not only do the demands of target practice improve their childrenâ€™s focus, they say, but the programs demand a high level of personal responsibility. There are no-exceptions safety rules on the range. And youths are routinely asked at some clubs to bring in their report cards â€” good grades can be a condition of participation.
It’s a lengthy but worthy read and profiles several kids and their families involved in the shooting sports.
Since I have their adjustable, National Match trigger on my GMDI AR-15:
And naturally, they make it a liberal vs conservative thing. With handy, interactive map at the link. They make a mistake, though, in that they use ATF numbers for FFL’s, and many of those FFL holders don’t really have store fronts, but just operate small time out of their homes with very limited hours or by appointment only.
A very interesting interview with the 3D printed gun designer over at ARN. Here’s a sample:
Q: How do you address opposition to what you’re doing and people who point to the shootings in Newtown, Conn. and say what you’re doing will just make it worse?
Wilson: We can play a numbers game… but, if you argue from principle, freedom is scary. If you want to talk about rights, what does it mean to respect a civil liberty or civil right? Well, it means you understand there are social costs in having that right; that’s why it deserves protection in the first place.
That’s why these people are not practicing civil libertarians to say we should prohibit a whole class of activity because there’s a certain amount of violence or deaths that might happen. This is the cost of freedom.
Q: So, do you think there should be any regulations around the printing of 3D printed guns?
Wilson: No, I’m definitely not concerned with regulating it. In fact, I’m daring people to try. These 3D printers are general use technologies and software agnostic. It’s been amazing watching the United States and other state and municipal governments try to deal with it. All we’ve seen so far is outright bans like in the city of Philadelphia. Well, that’s not very useful and it’s not going to work.
Much more at the link.
Massad Ayoob notices that he shoots better in matches with a compact Glock than a full sized one.
A court recently ruled that such standard capacity magazines are something new. Dave Kopel and company point out that, in fact, they’ve been around for centuries.
Who knew? Maya Angelou was a proud gun owner.
Because this technology provides a positive and safer experience, I believe the number of gun enthusiasts will rise. Families will be able to protect themselves from criminals while guaranteeing that a child cannot fire the gun. For Armatix, safety is a multi-dimensional concept: We think that guns should make you safer without adding the risk of a terrible family tragedy.
The safety mechanisms that I designed are completely in line with the values underpinning the U.S. gun-rights movement and represent a market-driven approach to firearm safety. Itâ€™s about having access to more technology features and the right to choose the firearm that best suits your needs. This is a solution everyone should be able to get behind.
Those are the concluding paragraphs. Read the whole thing.
It doesn’t change my mind about the guns being unreliable for personal defense because the technology is subject to dead batteries, not remembering a 5-digit code in ‘the heat of the moment,’ and having to wear some clunky watch-like device. But, I’ll defend his right to manufacture them and offer them for sale. My biggest problem of all is when state legislatures decide that this is the only type of firearm that can now be sold.
An article over at the Daily Caller.
Sorry for lack of commentary today; arthritis in hands has been brutal.
Yes, well, that makes sense. However, from the article:
Please spare me your â€śWe took our Mossbergs to the club and beat those snobby guys with high dollar guns and they were pissed offâ€ť stories. For one thing, their attitude had nothing to do with you. Trapshooters always look annoyed. For another, yes, you may have beaten them with your Mossbergs, but you would have beaten them by more if you were shooting trap guns.
*Ahem* I use a $300 Mossberg Turkey Thug for trap. Sure, I’d love to have something like a Browning Citori, but I’m not doing serious competition; just fooling around with friends at our very un-snobby range. And, not all of us have that kind of money to spend on a gun.
An article in Forbes covers many of the bases that you and I have over the past few years here. However, the author introduces some new objections:
6. Smartguns might be hackable! Even without embedded tracking or jamming technology, smart guns that rely on radio-frequency (i.e., wireless) transmissions â€“ like the aforementioned gun-watch pair, for example â€“ might be susceptible to remote jamming â€“ not something that a law enforcement officer or law-abiding citizen would want to find out when a thug is threatening her with a weapon equipped with a jammer atop. Governments might gain the ability to disable peopleâ€™s private weapons, and criminals might gain the ability to do so to police service weapons.
[ . . . ]
10. Firearms must be able to be disassembled in order to be cleaned and maintained. One of the principles of information security is that someone who has physical access to a machine can undermine its security. Smartgun manufacturers need to show evidence that criminals who steal smartguns cannot modify them to work with the smart technology removed or disabled (or that preventing any components from being accessed that are accessible in conventional weapons will not impact the durability of the weapons).
More at the link.
Related: From Politico a few months ago:
Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts plans to introduce a bill that would require new handguns be outfitted with personalization technology within two years and that older guns be retrofitted within three years so that the firearms wonâ€™t work for unauthorized users. The bill includes exemptions for antique guns as well as military arms.
If you have way too much money, there’s a guy specializing in it. Video at the link.
A vodka packaged in a gun-shaped bottle alongside a glass grenade has been found in breach of UK alcohol marketing laws for its â€śinappropriateâ€ť association to violence and aggression.
Bartexâ€™s Red Army Vodka gift pack features a gun-shaped bottle of vodka and a glass grenade filled with a Russian herbal liqueur and six shot glasses typically retailing at around ÂŁ100.
The novelty gift pack sparked a complaint to The Portman Group from The Independent Complaints Panel of the Responsible Retailing Code of Northern Ireland who said its packaging was closely linked with â€śviolent, aggressive, dangerous or anti-social behaviorâ€ť.
Every party has a pooper that you just want to slap the crap out of. Anyway, I wonder if it’s available here? Not crazy about the name, but I wouldn’t mind a few shots
with from it.
Over at i09, some bizarre weaponry from the past. Bonus: Not a slide show.
A British sniper in Afghanistan killed six insurgents with a single bullet after hitting the trigger switch of a suicide bomber whose device then exploded, The Daily Telegraph has learnt.
The 20-year-old marksman, a lance corporal in the Coldstream Guards, hit his target from 850 metres, killing the suicide bomber and five others around him caught in the blast.
The incident in Kakaran in southern Afghanistan happened in December but has only now been disclosed as Britain moves towards the withdrawal of all combat soldiers by the end of the year.
Lt Col Richard Slack, commanding officer of 9/12 Royal Lancers, said the unnamed sharpshooter prevented a major attack by the Taliban, as a second suicide vest packed with 20kg of explosives was found nearby.
According to the article, the sniper was using an L115A3 rifle: